Top prospect Martino Jules remains undefeated against Aram Avagyan
Showtime flagship program ShoBox, on the 20th anniversary, is at it again with undefeated featherweight prospects Martino “Titan” Jules (10-0, 2ko) and Aram “Warrior” Avagyan (10-0-2, 4ko). Their battle will determine who takes the next step in their career.
This is a very interesting style match-up: the classic boxer vs brawler. Jules is a good boxer with an amateur record of 60-15 and he qualified for the 2015 Olympic trials. The 24-year old Pennsylvania fighter will be making his Shobox debut. Fans may remember the talented southpaw boxer for his tough victory over Aleem Jumakhonov in the Top Rank Bubble back in July 2020.
Avagyan is a 30-year-old Armenian fighter with a stellar amateur career of over 300 fights. He captured the Bronze medal in the European championships and fought in the 2016 Olympics. It should not come as any surprise he is on the boxing fast track. Hence, explaining why he once held the WBC International Silver title back in 2018 and is taking on the fifth undefeated fighter in a row.
UGLY AND ROUGH OUT THE GATE
Avagyan came into the fight three pounds overweight and immediately went to use that as an advantage. He went to apply pressure, jumping in the chest of the younger boxer and looking to disrupt the game plan. Moreover, he was able to get the younger fighter up against the ropes and land the double left hook. Jules, being the better boxer, used the jab and boxing skills, taking advantage of the poor footwork of the Armenian fighter. He landed the uppercut and hooks to the body while stepping to the side and threw another rapid-fire three-punch combination.
In the second half of the fight, Avagyan used every trick in the book, leading with the head and putting his elbow under the chin of Jules. He was able to get his foe up against the ropes to unload the double hooks to the body.
Jules started finding a home for the left uppercut on the off-balance Avagyan, who was leading with the head. Moreover, he went back to using his footwork, sliding side to side and landing the straight left hand. In the final eighth round, the referee warned Avagyan of losing a point. When the fight resumed, Jules landed a short, compact left hand that dropped the Armenian fighter.
That knockdown was crucial as the final bell sounded. The judges scored it 77-74, 78-73, and 79-72 in favor of Martino Jules, securing him a successful ShoBox debut. 3kingsboxing scored it 76-75 for Jules.
On a personal note, despite the correct fighter winning, the last two scorecards were atrocious. 77-74 is respectable as it is within the ballpark. Boxing has to stop this kind of madness with these scorecards. Today’s judges are in dire need of learning the four criteria of scoring a fight.
By: Garrisson Bland